What Seems To Be & What Is
Many people and groups criticize and attack agriculture with horrible videos and pictures. They say if we had nothing to hide then we wouldn’t be concerned about photos. Yet the explanation for photos isn’t always accurate. Here are some examples of photos that could be twisted on explanation. These are ordinary photos taken when I happened to have the camera out shooting something else for the blog. It’s ordinary, but with a sensationalized “what appears to be” ‘explanation’ it sounds horrible, which is not reality. A snapshot or a 10 second video clip doesn’t tell the whole story.
What seems to be: dead or distressed chickens.
What is: chickens dust bathing (Natural!)
What appears to be: confined factory farm birds without room to move
What is: birds that just arrived, were allowed to settle in overnight (thus water) before being turned into their new pen when they can see in daylight.
What appears to be: rabbits kept in tiny cages so they can barely turn around
What is: rabbits in carriers that are used for transporting that prevents them from injury.
What appears to be: crowded chicks with no food.
What is: preparing to fill the feeder, so chicks come down to that corner in anticipation of food.
What appears to be: victim of horrific cruelty cutting the ears off this rabbit.
What is: doe survived an attack from her mother – she was 2 days old when her mother chewed ears off and disfigured ears on the entire litter. She and three sisters survived. She’s raised her own litter now and did a great job.
What is: white Leghorn rooster that started a fight with a penmate (another white Leghorn) that he grew up with. They’d been together since they were hatched here last March, but when this one started relentless domination we separated the two. Both recovered, both are fine.
What appears to be: Dog chained with no water.
What is: Dog with history of running into traffic chained while we were there working in the back yard near him. Water is out of the picture. Yes he’s neutered. No it doesn’t stop him bolting out the door and running off. 🙂
What appears to be: factory farm conditions for rabbits
What is: Silver Fox show rabbits at the 2011 National ARBA convention.